How is ‘Battle: Los Angeles’ Faring With Movie Reviews?

by on March 11, 2011

in Entertainment, movie reviews

I was toying with the idea of heading out to drop some bucks on Battle: Los Angeles, but the movie reviews I’m seeing, while not bad, aren’t coming at me with any glowing success.  The reviews are mixed, to say the least, but check it out and see what you think:

The one man’s opinion I trust over all others, ScreenRant‘s owner Vic Holtreman, gave the movie a 3 out of 5 and echoed the same sentiment I’ve seen said in numerous places, and that is that it feels like Independence Day.  OR to quote, “Reminiscent of Independence Day,” and like others have also said, “faintly reminiscent of Black Hawk Down.”

I’ve also seen that the camera work reminds folks of Cloverfield.

Everyone raise your hand if you are completely sick of the Cloverfield, shaky-cam effect crap!

I don’t know about you, but shaky-cam is so overused these days and it’s annoying.  In fact the moment I hear about shaky-cam, a movie loses it’s appeal to me by a full notch.  (There are only 5 notches in my “want to see” mode.)

On the bright side, Roger Ebert hated the movie and that might push that notch back up.  (I’m not bagging on the venerable Mr. Ebert, but I find that mainstream movie critics for me, were good baramoters.  If they hate a movie, I’m in.  If they loved it, then eh.)

They Mr. Ebert does make the blaring statement that if someone loves this movie, they’re idiots.


Flickering Myth‘s movie review says “it was like watching a war movie with aliens in it.”  They enjoyed the flick.

CBS News says “Even Hype Can’t Save It.”

Mike DiGiorgio on says it’s “a bombastic bore.”

While NBC LA has a great take on their Battle: Los Angeles movie review:

This isn’t supposed to be high art, people. When you’re hunting escapism at the multiplex, you want to see raucous, fantastical spectacles with likeable, handsome people leading the charge. And that’s why “Battle Los Angeles,” a delightfully overblown hybrid of “Independence Day” and “Cloverfield,” is just the right amount of ridiculous to be incredibly enjoyable.”

I completely subscribe to that approach of looking at movies!

IGN says “The script is laden with clunky dialogue and littered with stock war movie characters

In closing, it all depends on how you approach your movies…  as high art or just plain old fun stuff!  The choice is yours folks!


Battle: Los Angeles Movie Review sites quoted:


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Set March 12, 2011 at 8:28 am

I hate the shaky cam too, they give me headaches! I know, it’s easy to poke at military movies, and Battle: LA is not great either. But, that Ebert comment kinda irritates me. I guess if I didn’t hate it, but not liking it also, that makes me half an idiot? Hmm.

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